The Stroum Center for Jewish Studies’ Paper Prize for Excellence in Holocaust Scholarship is given annually for an outstanding undergraduate student paper related to Holocaust studies. The paper must be a work that critically engages with the central themes, lessons and ideas of the Holocaust in the time period leading up to, during, or in the aftermath of the Second World War.

We welcome papers that examine other cases of genocide, but the Holocaust and/or scholarship on the Holocaust must figure centrally in the argument. The paper may have been written for a UW class, for a UW-approved study abroad class, or for a UW independent study. Papers must have been written during the current or immediately past academic year.

The prize carries an award of $500 and will be presented at the Stroum Center Jewish Studies End of the Year Celebration in June. Winners are strongly encouraged to attend the celebration to accept their award.

Papers are accepted on a rolling basis. The deadline for 2023 submissions is May 31, 2023.

Papers must be submitted through this Google form. Faculty may submit on a student’s behalf by e-mailing a copy of the paper to Please be sure to include the student’s full name and e-mail address in the e-mail.


1. Applicants must be enrolled undergraduate students in good standing at the University of Washington
2. Papers must have been written for a course assignment or as part of a thesis
3. Papers must have been completed during the current or immediately past academic year
4. Papers may not exceed 10,000 words, including notes
5. Papers must be paginated and be properly formatted, using Times New Roman, 12 pt. font, and 1-inch margins
6. Papers must be submitted as Word documents or PDF and without the author’s name
7. Only one entry per student per year

If you have further questions, please contact Stroum Center Program Manager and Interim Associate Director Brendan Goldman.

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